Jump to Navigation

Resources

Learn to Prune to Promote New Congregational Growth

Letting go is difficult. It is also an essential practice; without letting go, our lives, homes, business efforts, and social lives become tangled in the past and incapable of taking in new opportunities, friends, and visions for the future. Churches also need to periodically "prune," says the Rev. Donna Claycomb Sokol, pastor of Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. It begins, she says, "with a painful process of discernment, separating 'essential' from 'nonessential' and then letting go" of extra staff, of unnecessary property, of all of that stuff stashed in church closets, cabinets, nooks, and crannies, as well as your outdated program, and oversized boards. "New life," she continues, " can emerge only when dead branches are cut away. And fruitful branches can produce more fruit when they are trimmed and cut back a bit." For inspiration and illustration, read her reflection on the art of pruning to stimulate new vitality, hosted on Faith & Leadership, an online offering of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School. For more on how to promote congregational revitalization and renewal, explore our feature article, "Best Resources on Congregational Vitality."

News

News

Sharing Deep Stories Despite Politics

“We all have deep stories, whatever our politics, but we’re not fully aware of them. They’re dreamlike and are told...

Support for Rural Pastors

Grove City College received a nearly $1 million grant to help establish the Project on Rural Ministry. It’s an outreach...

Sunday Church Servicing in the Wake of Hurricane Michael

"Church leaders knew the Sunday following the storm would be important and necessary in what's expected to be a...

Calendar

Thu, Oct 25, 2018 - 03:00 pm
Join us for a talk with Ertugrul Gokcekuyu

Popular Tools

Review rank-ordered data on religion in the U.S. and around the world. Includes the latest data from the Religious Congregations & Membership Study, 2010

 

Widget provided by:

Search